We are excited to announce that the Oregon Birding Association (OBA) annual meeting will be Saturday and Sunday June 1-2, 2019, at McMenamins Kennedy School in NE Portland. We look forward to seeing you there! 


Our event schedule has changed! This year there will not be a Friday evening event. Field trip sign ups will be online (available to meeting registrants beginning on May 10). At that time, registered 2019 OBA Annual meeting attendees will receive email notification with links to the registration site. The email will include details about trips and trip leaders. Note that if you register after May 10, you will still have an opportunity to sign up for field trips that have not been filled.

Field trips will be offered on both Saturday and Sunday. Field trips will visit a wide variety of habitats in the Portland area, including: Sauvie Island, North Portland and Columbia Slough, Mt Tabor, Pittock Mansion, Sandy River Delta, Powell Butte, and Larch Mountain.

Trips will be led by a great selection of local birders including Paul Sullivan, Dave Irons, Shawneen Finnegan, Diana Byrne, Tom McNamara, Colby Neuman, Nick Mrvelj, Zack Schlanger, Lars Norgren; more are being added. A bird photography workshop will be hosted by Nagi Aboulenein.  In addition, our speaker Nathan Pieplow will offer a special workshop and field trip, at an additional cost.

A social hour, followed by an excellent banquet, the keynote address, and a brief business meeting will be held on Saturday evening at McMenamins Kennedy School, located at 5736 NE 33rd Ave in the Concordia neighborhood of northeast Portland.

If the Kennedy school parking lot is full, free street parking without time limitations is available on NE 33rd, NE Simpson, NE Jarrett, and NE Jessup. Carpooling is encouraged. You also can get there by bus or by bike. Kennedy school is a Biketown site.


On Saturday evening, we will have a high-quality buffet dinner, with an outstanding selection of entrees and sides, that will include options for dietary restrictions. Each dinner includes a drink from a selection of McMenamins signature beverages. Additional drinks may be purchased.


We will provide an update on OBA activity and finances. We will also be accepting nominations for the following positions on the OBA Board of Directors: President-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, and Director.  Nominations can be made at the Annual Meeting, or nominations may be presented to the OBA Secretary, Caryn Stoess, prior to the Annual Meeting.


“The Language of Birds”
Our keynote speaker will be Nathan Pieplow, author of the just published Peterson Field Guide to Birds Sounds of Western North America.

NATHAN PIEPLOW has been fascinated by birds since his childhood in South Dakota, and has intensively studied bird sounds since 2003. He is the former editor of the journal Colorado Birds and an author of the Colorado Birding Trail. He lives in Boulder, Colorado, and teaches writing and rhetoric at the University of Colorado.

All around us, the birds are constantly telling us who they are and what they are doing. The problem is, most of us don’t speak bird. In this talk for any audience, Nathan Pieplow talks about how birds communicate with each other using sounds. You’ll learn how to tell when a pair of Red-winged Blackbirds is mated, and how to tell when a Cliff Swallow has found food. You’ll learn how one bird sound can have many meanings, and how many meanings can have one sound. You’ll learn some of the many ways in which the language of the birds is like our own – and some of the ways in which it is vastly, fundamentally different.


 “A Shared Vocabulary for Bird Sounds”
In this Saturday workshop and field trip, you will work on advanced listening skills, paying attention to the fine details of a sound. Just as beginning birders learn the different parts of the bird and how to distinguish colors like “buff” and “rufous,” you will learn the different parts of a sound and how to distinguish tone qualities like “burry” and “polyphonic.” In the process, you will learn a common vocabulary for describing bird sounds. You will also study how to visualize sounds and read spectrograms. No matter what your level of experience, this workshop will help you listen to sounds more analytically, describe them more accurately, and use them more effectively in identifying birds.


Your $90 registration fee includes registration, field trips, speaker, and banquet with beverage. You will note that there is no “family” option this year due to the expense of the venue and meal.

The workshop with speaker Nathan Pieplow is full, but you can add your name to the waitlist when you register.

If you have more than one person in your party, please be sure you select the appropriate quantity on the PayPal form (after you click the Buy Now button). Also, it will help us if you include the name of the person(s) in the field provided.

Registration (includes meal, speaker, field trips)
Workshop waiting list? ($50 fee if a spot opens up)
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Registration form (You do not need to fill out the form if paying via PayPal.)

Please note, this year due to the higher costs in Portland, limited venue options, and an attempt to simplify the registration process, there is a single price that includes registration, field trips, speaker, and dinner.


The Kennedy School has hotel rooms; hotel guests have reserved free parking in the lot. For more information, or to reserve a room, call (503) 249-3983.


OBA is not organizing breakfast or lunches. Sandwiches may be purchased at nearby grocery stores and bakeries. Breakfast is available at nearby cafes and coffee shops (see the list at the bottom of this page).


The Oregon Birding Association is pleased to offer three Youth Scholarships for this year’s Annual Meeting in Portland. The scholarship will cover the cost of meeting registration Saturday and Sunday June 1-2, 2019, at McMenamins Kennedy School in NE Portland. It includes Saturday night’s catered dinner and speaker, and birding field trips on Saturday and Sunday.

To qualify, you must:

  • be a student in 6th grade through senior in college (undergraduate), and
  • have an interest in learning about birds and birding in Oregon

To enter, send an email to the OBA Board with your name and address, age, name of your school and year, and a brief statement about why you’d like to participate.

Scholarship recipients under 18 must be accompanied to the meeting by a parent or an adult approved by a parent. Costs for this person are not covered.

Deadline to apply is May 10, 2019.

The OBA Annual Meeting Committee will make the selections and contact the winners. Awards may be announced on the OBA website and Facebook pages

Please consider making a donation to support our scholarship fund and help young birders attend the OBA annual meeting. Thank you!


If you cancel before May 19, 2019 you will receive a full refund.


Woodlawn Coffee
2909 Northeast Alberta Street
(503) 954-2412
Opens at 6:30 am

Case Study Coffee Roasters
5347 NE Sandy
(503) 477-8221
Opens at 6:30 am

Jim and Patty’s Coffee People
4951 NE Fremont
(503) 284-2121
Opens at 6 am

Grand Central Bakery
4440 NE Fremont
(503) 808-9877
Open 7 am-6 pm

New Seasons Market
5320 NE 33rd Ave
(503) 288-3838
Open 8am – 10pm